Twins club 3 straight homers in Bronx

Dozier, Plouffe, Kepler go back-to-back-to-back off Eovaldi

Twins club 3 straight homers in Bronx

NEW YORK -- The Twins turned Yankee Stadium into a launchpad in the sixth inning of a 7-1 victory Sunday over the Yankees, with Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler hitting back-to-back-to-back homers off right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

"I keep telling you guys this, because it's true: Hitting is contagious," Dozier said. "When the guys start heating up around you, you want to do the same, and good things happen. A lot of people in the lineup are seeing the ball pretty well."

Dozier began the barrage with a 383-foot two-run homer to left on an 86 mph splitter that left his bat at 105 mph, per Statcast™. Plouffe, in his first game back from a right groin strain, deposited a slider 388 feet into the left-field stands after a six-pitch at-bat. Finally, Kepler hit his third homer of the season to complete the trifecta, pulling an Eovaldi curveball for a 352-foot homer into the short porch in right field.

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It was Minnesota's first time hitting three consecutive homers since Aug. 3, 2014, when the feat was accomplished against the White Sox by Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer.

Danny Santana had already homered off Eovaldi in the third inning to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. Eduardo Nunez homered off reliever Luis Cessa in the seventh, and Juan Centeno belted the Twins' sixth of the game in the ninth inning off Kirby Yates.

"This park is definitely home run-friendly," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "Every park's got its own little quirks, and this one is home run-friendly, especially to right field."

Twins' six homers

The last time the Twins had homered six times in a game was July 6, 2007, in the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox, when Justin Morneau went deep three times and was joined by Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and Jeff Cirillo in a 12-0 victory.

According to Dozier, the Twins had been seeing the ball well against Eovaldi and it was only a matter of time before the outburst.

"We squared up a lot of balls," Dozier said. "I know we only had two hits through however many innings, but a lot of those outs were loud outs. That's how you know when people are locked in -- when you get loud outs."

The Twins had been held to two runs over their previous 19 innings.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.